Kidney Disease: Medicines to Avoid - Topic Overview

Many medicines may impair kidney function and cause kidney damage. And if your kidneys aren't working well, medicines can build up in your body. If you have chronic kidney disease, your doctor may advise you to continue to take a medicine but may change how much you take. Or you may change to a different medicine. Don't stop taking any prescription medicines without talking to your doctor first.

It is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products that you take. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.

Some examples of common medicines that may need to be avoided, adjusted, or changed:

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